Container Refund Scheme

The Queensland Government’s Container Refund Scheme kicked off on 1 November. From this month onward Queenslanders can at last join people in South Australia and other parts of the country to get cash back for recycling containers. Under the Containers for Change initiative residents are able to get 10 cents back from eligible containers they recycle at Containers For Change sites.

This initiative is all about encouraging people to recycle and reducing plastic pollution which is a problem we can address with planning and a little effort.

Around three billion beverage containers are used every year in Queensland and despite the fact that they can be easily recycled they are one of the most commonly littered items that you see in our local environment.

In the Hills District we are fortunate to play host to U Can Recycle – a fully operational container recycling refund depot.

Located at 6-131 Bunya Road Arana Hills, U Can Recycle will open weekdays from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Saturdays from 8:30am to 2:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 4:30pm.

More sites will open as the scheme is rolled out with bag drop off points and reverse vending machines also possible. For more information go to

Once registered you can collect the 10 cents per container yourself or donate the refund to a charity or community organisation. Containers for Change will likely prove to be a great fundraising stream for community groups as the Scouts have demonstrated in South Australia.

For more information about the scheme, including eligible containers and refund points, visit: or call 13 42 42.

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